Skip Navigation LinksHome > October 2009 - Volume 31 - Issue 7 > Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma-Like Pattern in Spiradenoma and Spi...
American Journal of Dermatopathology:
doi: 10.1097/DAD.0b013e3181a1573e
Original Study

Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma-Like Pattern in Spiradenoma and Spiradenocylindroma: A Rare Feature in Sporadic Neoplasms and Those Associated With Brooke-Spiegler Syndrome

Petersson, Fredrik MD, PhD*; Kutzner, Heinz MD†; Spagnolo, Dominic V MMBS‡; Bisceglia, Michele MD§; Kacerovska, Denisa MD, PhD*; Vazmitel, Marina MD¶; Michal, Michal MD*‖; Kazakov, Dmitry V MD, PhD*

Collapse Box


Spiradenoma is a benign, morphologically well-defined cutaneous adnexal neoplasm that is closely related to cylindroma. We present the rare occurrence of adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC)-like areas in 7 spiradenomas and 1 spiradenocylindroma, not described in the English literature to date. The ACC-like areas were a minor but significant component in all lesions and were usually multifocal and blended with the conventionally appearing parts of the neoplasms. The ACC-like areas were typified by cribriform formations of epithelial cells concentrically arranged around gland-like spaces filled with mucin, homogeneous eosinophilic material, or granular basophilic material. In some neoplasms, only mucin occurred in these pseudoglandular structures, whereas in other cases, a combination of all 3 secretory products was encountered. Although well-developed bilayered glands with a demonstrable peripheral myoepithelial cell layer were not recognizable in the ACC-like areas, immunohistochemistry demonstrated myoepithelial differentiation in these portions of the tumors. When present in the ACC-like areas, ductal structures manifested a rather squamoid lining, without a recognizable peripheral myoepithelial cell layer. It is concluded that the ACC-like pattern, although a rare feature and of no clinical consequence, is a distinctive finding in a minority of cases and extends the morphological spectrum of spiradenoma and spiradenocylindroma occurring sporadically or in the setting of Brooke-Spiegler syndrome. It represents a potential diagnostic pitfall, particularly in a limited biopsy specimen where the changes may be misdiagnosed as ACC.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


Article Tools


Article Level Metrics

Search for Similar Articles
You may search for similar articles that contain these same keywords or you may modify the keyword list to augment your search.